MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
All the buildings at Bowie Market Place have been demolished, except one. Amidst the debris there remains what has been nicknamed the “bank building” where Prince George’s County Firefighters have been practicing their skills over the past several months. Wednesday, June 3, is the last date this valuable training asset will be available to us.
To take full advantage of our last opportunity to experience real fire conditions the Fire/EMS Department will conduct live fire exercises. The Department has secured all required permits and prepared the structure for the live fire evolution's in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1403.
It is anticipated that four live fire evolution will be held. A fire will be set in a portion of the building on either the first or second floor. Firefighters, career and volunteer, will stage and enter the burning structure upon simulated dispatch. Each evolution should last 30 to 45 minutes.
Members of the media, fire buffs, and photographers are invited to attend and document the training exercise. Plenty of photo ops and interviews will be available. Those attending need to enter the gated complex by the Bowie Community Center, 3209 Stonybrook Drive, and carefully drive to the area near bank building.
WHAT: Live Fire Training
WHEN: Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 11:00 am until 3:00 pm (4 separate evolutions)
WHERE: Bowie Market Place – enter by Bowie Community Center – 3209 Stonybrook Drive
WHO: Prince George’s County Career and Volunteer Firefighters, Fire Chief Marc Bashoor, members of the community and many others.
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